Columbia Gas of Ohio, the state’s largest natural gas utility, announced last week that it will soon begin replacing 2,300 feet of natural gas pipeline in the Park Avenue West, Mansfield area. The project will involve upgrading steel pipes with plastic pipes and should take several weeks to complete.
The project will affect a number of streets, including Park Avenue West, Park Street North, Fifth Street and North Main Street. The utility said that customers on the affected streets will first notice preliminary construction work, such as the staking of right of way and the inspection of sewer lines.
Customers living or working at affected properties will be receiving a letter notifying them of a public meeting to be held to discuss the project. The meeting will be held on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Relax Coffee Shop at 105 North Main Street in Mansfield. The utility will provide details of the project and answer customers’ questions.
The project will require a short interruption of natural gas service at affected properties. The utility will contact customers prior to shut-offs and to schedule re-light appointments. During the upgrade, customers’ meters will be moved to the outside of the premises at no additional cost.
The Park Avenue West, Mansfield project, expected to cost $375,000, is part of the Ohio gas utility’s massive $2 billion territory-wide pipeline replacement program that will improve 19,000 miles of underground natural gas pipe over the next 25 years.
“Columbia Gas of Ohio to Spend $375,000 for Park Avenue West, Mansfield Area Pipeline Replacement Project,” Columbia Gas of Ohio press release, Oct. 5, 2011.